The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, September 3, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

A winner on the cards?
By Madhur Mittal

BONEY KAPOOR has always produced good, extravagant films, even though they haven’t always fared well at the box office. Mr India, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Loafer, Judii, Sirf Tum and Pukaar, to name a few. His latest offering is Hamara Dil Apke Paas Hai, starring Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai and directed by Satish Kapoor.

Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai In Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai"It’s a not-so-simple story about love, friendship, relationship," smiles the ever-smiling Boney, adding (with a mischievous gleam in his eyes) "and it’s not so straightforward, either! But I have a feeling that the emotional content is going to hit the viewers ... especially the role essayed by Anupam Kher and Sonali Bendre’s ‘special’ appearance I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed !"

The cast and crew is no less optimistic. Puru Raajkumar, for instance, is rather thrilled about his (negative) role. "This movie may just prove that I make a better villain than a hero!" he grins. "Satishji was forever keen to highlight my anti-hero abilities as an actor ... and I think he’s really done a terrific job. The rest, of course, depends on the viewers’ response. And my luck........."

Lyricist Javed Akhtar and music director Sanjeev Darshan have contributed a zesty appeal to HDAPH... as have TIPS, with promos of the music on radio and TV. Seems as if the celebrations in Boney’s home are likely to go on for many weeks to come. And, why not? Rejoice, guys!

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Uncle-nephew warfare!

I remember having written bout the brewing animosity between filmmaker brothers Nasir Hussain and Tahir Hussain some months ago... but now the vibes have spilt over to the next generation, as well. And it’s out in the open and all over the media, as well!

The whole controversy has been ignited afresh by Aamir Khan’s public notice in trade journals through his lawyer, CB Wadhwa, stating in no uncertain terms, that Aamir has "no association whatsoever" with the production companies of his father, or uncle. Can you beat that? I mean, considering that Aamir has got some of his biggest hits either through his uncle or dad’s production banners (not to forget his first cousin director Mansoor Khan)... who was resoundingly responsible for introducing Aamir to Hindi movies with a debut blockbuster QSQT!

Then what has soured the kinship? Why the sudden (and entirely unexpected) family warfare? The "official" explanation is that, since Aamir has floated his very own production banner and is putting all his efforts into completing and releasing Laggan as soon as possible, he has to "no time" for family films. Okay, be that as it may ... but making one’s own film doesn’t mean breaking off with one’s dear ones, surely!

Yes, Tahir Saab is sad

On the other hand, Tahir Hussain is (genuinely) hurt by the whole happening. "I’ve always loved Aamir more than his brother, Faisal, and also respected his fine talent in the acting area," the filmmaker discloses with remorse tingeing his tone, "and I could never have imagined that a small difference of opinion between father and son would blow up into such a heated confrontation...and indeed a split in the family itself! Well, I wish Aamir all success...and, as for me, I am going right ahead with my immediate plans of producing a string of mega- movies........"

Isn’t it strange (and ironic) to note that Hussain Saab’s new films will all feature newcomers — sons Aamir and Faisal have no role, no place in them.

Mr Roving Heart

This happens to be the latest label slapped on Akshay Kumar by the scribes. And, Raveena, Pooja, Nipunika, Shilpa and Twinkle would only too happily approve, I daresay!

At the same time, Mr Doling Heart may also not be entirely inappropriate in this particular (and peculiar!) case, for the simple reason that Akki is (by far) the most generous star we have when it comes to doling out fat amounts (in crisp cash) to charities, religious functions and ‘divine’ institutions.

Akshay’s startling reverence for Mata Vaishno Devi is only too well known. But what few folks are aware of is his magnanimity in making mind- boggling offerings at the ISKCON! I don’t know whether to chant Hare Krishna or shout Jai Mata Di...?